One of the projects on our long guest bedroom makeover to-do list is stripping, sanding and painting the skirting boards.
Some of you have asked, if wouldn’t be quicker and easier just to replace them. It’s something we hadn’t really considered, as the skirting boards are still the original ones that have been in the house for over a hundred years. It seems a shame to remove original features. The skirting boards are also higher than the ones that are now available, so we’d have to replaster the wall over the skirting boards to make up for the difference. For us it just seemed to make more sense to keep the original ones.
We’re painting our skirting boards from scratch, but we also use the same method to repaint and freshen them up after a while. It’s pretty much impossible to avoid scratches and scuffs from cleaning and vacuuming, whilst they hold up very well, it’s inevitable that the odd touch will be required.
Luckily it’s quick and easy to do, this is what you will need.
- Sandpaper and sanding block – we started sanding with 80 grit paper, and then finished with 180 grit and 240 grit for sanding between coats of paint. If you are only repainting your skirting you’ll only need the finer grades.
- Painters Tape
- Paper or dust sheets to cover your floor
- Paint of your choice – We’re using the same Dulux Pure Brilliant White Eggshell paint for all woodwork though out the house
- Paintbrush we love this Purdy Paint Brush
A few weeks ago, we already stripped the old paint of the skirting boards, but before we can start to paint them, they will need to be sanded. Sanding will remove any paint residue and imperfections.
With a nice, smooth service prepared you can start to think about the painting.
Start by covering the floor with paper or dust sheets. We didn’t bother covering anything with painters tape as we’ve had a fair amount of practise painting and find that we can achieve a straight line with just the paint brush.
Before you get your paintbrush out, make sure you’ve removed any dust and dirt of the skirting boards.
The paint we’re using doesn’t require an undercoat, so we could get stuck straight into the painting.
5 Top Tips
- Don’t forget to treat the knots in the wood with knotting solution first! If you miss them, they’ll seep through the paint and show up as yellow marks.
- Try to apply a really thin coat of paint and use long brush strokes – it’ll help to achieve a smooth finish.
- Something else we like to do, it attach a piece of masking tape or an elastic band over the can of paint. If you have too much paint on the brush, you can wipe it on the tape.
4. While working, we also like to keep all supplies in a small box. That way you are less likely to mess up your floor and it also keeps everything together in one place.
5. Instead over taping the floor, we push a piece of paper into the gap between the skirting board and the floor. Just keep sliding it along to cover the area you’re painting. This method works particularly well in corners.
There’s still a lot more to do in the bedroom, but the first bit of skirting board in corner of room is done.
While painting the upstairs skirting, we also finally got round to touching up the skirting board in the hallway.
There’s still loads to do in the bedroom, including sorting out the window (more on that tomorrow), attaching a picture rail, sorting the electrics and plumbing and then painting and decorating everywhere. With some overnight guests visiting soon, we’d better get a move on!